Belgian Beef Stew

The closest way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. As silly as this cliché sounds, I still fell for it.

My husband and I started dating when at the same time I finally decided to seriously learn how to cook. As I was looking for eager souls who can try out the dishes I’d prepare, one day I nonchalantly invited him for a weekend dinner.

So I began to ask, “What’s Belgian cuisine that you miss the most now?”

He grinned and quickly replied, “Belgian beef stew.”

I stared blankly at him as he began describing how this beef stew is prepared and how it tastes like. By the time my potential guinea pig left, I started to seek what this Belgian dish is all about. Read more

Chicken Tikka Masala

I’m no expert in cooking but I love good food. Now it’s time to stay longer in the kitchen and see if the magic WOKS with me, one recipe at a time.

Chicken tikka masala is a dish of chunks of chicken in a spicy (masala), creamy, orange-colored sauce. There is no standard recipe for this dish. As a matter of fact, according to a 1998 survey by Real Curry Restaurant Guide, there are around 48 different recipes of chicken tikka masala.

Thanks to the recipe I got from allrecipes.com, I was very pleased with my first attempt.  I was too pleased and concentrating too much with the cooking to the extent that I totally forgot to take photos! So I decided to do it again, making sure I will take snapshots. I chose a different recipe this time around, from JamieOliver.com to be exact. Read more

Dinuguan (Filipino Pork Blood Stew)

I’m no expert in cooking but I love good food. Now it’s time to stay longer in the kitchen and see if the magic WOKS with me, one recipe at a time.

Since some of our Pinay friends will come over Friday night, my friend suggested that I cook a Filipino dish that we hardly serve on regular Swiss days. Off we agreed I prepare dinuguan for us.

Dinuguan (in English, it’s either called pork blood stew, blood pudding stew, or chocolate meat) is a Filipino savory stew of meat and/or offal (typically lungs, kidneys, intestines, ears, heart and snout) simmered in a rich, spicy dark gravy of pig blood, garlic, chili (most often siling mahaba), and vinegar. The term dinuguan comes from the Filipino word dugo meaning “blood”. – wikipedia.org Read more